St. Thomas More, Windsor-Stew-Stras advance

Sabers, Hatchets both will play for state titles after semifinal wins

NORMAL (WCIA) -- For one school it was a repeat appearance here at Redbird Arena, trying to improve on last years 3rd place finish. For the other, it's the first time they've made it to the state finals. And now both are now one step away from a state championship.

For Windsor-Stew-Stras, it was junior Megan Schlechte guiding the Hatchets. She set an IHSA state final record for kills in one match with 29. 

"Well the cross shot was really working and they just weren't there I guess, just gotta keep hitting hard every time," Schlechte said.

"As a mom and as a coach it's kind of nerve racking but then it kind of pulls at your heart a little bit knowing that they're out there and hurting and playing," Windsor-Stew-Stras head coach Ronda Schlechte said. "But the determination and commitment level, they're very strong with that."

St. Thomas More breezed its way into the 2A title match, making quick work of Harvest Christian Academy. Head coach Stan Bregman has been here before, and made sure his team didn’t get too caught up in the moment. 

"We've just got to keep our nerves," Bergman said. "Control what we can control in our half of the court and the rest is up to God."

"One of the main things we focus on is not getting everything, like Bergman said, too hyped up," St. Thomas More senior setter Mica Allison said. "Because we know when we go that we get the jitters, we're nervous and we don't play our game."

With WSS and STM both in the state championship matches, it’s the first time in the 4-class system that Central Illinois has had a representative in both 1A and 2A.


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